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Valerie
Los Angeles

Omaha

Best free things to do in Omaha?

I'm going to be in Omaha next month and will be on a pretty tight budget. I'm looking for the best free and inexpensive things to check out! I love the outdoors, art, museums, you name it. Thanks!


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answered by
Jess from Omaha

Hey Valerie! There are some pretty good places depending on where you are staying. You might like the Joslyn Art Museum, which a actually a free, very popular museum here.

Spending some time downtown is usually a favorite because it's a quaint area in the old market, especially if you like art and good food. You won't need to spend much. Great places to eat: Modern Love is my newest favorite. Even if you aren't vegan, it's amazing. Created by internationally famous Isa Chandra Marcowitz. Lots and lots of good restaurants here. Check out Lauritzen Gardens. If you like adventure. There's a place that's not far 20-30min called Mt Crescent Ski Area where they do ziplines (only $25), then there are also some horseback riding places near there also. There's a lot of fun things to do here. Some good resources are Omahype.com or visitomaha.com. Have fun!


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Brandon from Chanute, Kansas

Omaha is known for the worlds best Henry Doorly Zoo. But it does cost. Free things to do... I always go here and look http://www.visitomaha.com/things-to-do/free-things-to-do/#.VYCP-7bZWMo 

The Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge is cool to walk over and go downtown to check out the old market, cute little shops and things. 


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Jacey & Scott from Fort Collins

Hi Valerie!  It's not free, but the Henry Doorly Zoo is a must see, even if you aren't a zoo go-er.  It is one of my favorite.  The The Old Market is just fun to wander around, browse in the shops and has plenty of bars and restaurants to dine in-no matter what your budget it.  Just north of the Old Market is a sort of artist enclave-Hot Shots Art Center has divided this old building into various different studios.  You can watch artists at work, including glass blowers.  All is available for purchase too.

If you are a wine lover, give M's Pub a try. I eat here everytime I'm in town. 


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Adam from Omaha

If you like good comedy shows, I recommend going to The Backline. It's downtown and pretty cheap for a night of entertainment. They have shows Thursday's-Sunday's. Most shows are improv comedy, but they have stand-up comedy on occasion too.


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Michele from Omaha, Nebraska

The Joslyn Art Museum has free admission which is nice. It is always enjoyable to go walk around the The Old Market, or walk the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge over the Missouri river to Iowa. Admission the The Durham Museumis not too bad about $11. The website familyfuninomaha.com has a list of free activities to do in town, they are fun for everyone. It lists all sorts of nature trails and hiking area etc. Enjoy yourself.


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